4-year-old boy shot, killed while playing with another toddler, police say

Children and Gun Safety

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 4-year-old boy died Monday after he was shot at an apartment complex in Memphis, Tennessee, according to police.

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Memphis police said the boy – who has not been identified – was shot at the Pershing Park Apartments on Pershing Park Drive in Frayser.

The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Authorities said the toddler was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in critical condition. That child later died from his injuries.

Investigators confirmed the shooting happened inside one of the apartments, and there were adults inside when it happened.

Police said two toddlers – including the boy who was killed – were playing alone in a room at the time.

Investigators did not specify how the gun ended up going off, and it is unclear whether the shooting was accidental.